Penelope McCowan – Insight

Rather than offer Penelope McCowan a standard interview, I asked her to share part of her life with us – either a story about how she met her partner, a story about how she became a Christian, or a story of heritage from her family’s past. Penelope offered a humorous story about how she met her husband. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

On Meeting Charlie…

There I sat, on the end of a row in an enthralling accounting lecture (is that an oxymoron?) wondering what in the world I was doing there, when the door opened and in sauntered the most interesting thing that Lecture Room 209 had coughed up in a long time.  In a room full of aspiring executive types, he wore jeans, riding boots and a football jersey (which really worked for me, being a country girl) and he chose the seat beside mine.  Our first conversation was hilarious – unfortunately too long to write about here – but I really enjoyed his sense of humour and sense of fun.

So love blossomed against a backdrop of debits and credits – or should I say in spite of – and day after day, on my morning run, the love of my life would meet me in the park with a single red rose.  Happily I never thought to ask where the red roses came from, as university students aren’t known for their healthy bank balances, but I now suspect that some poor gardener paid a high price for planting his rosebush near the front fence.  But I am so very glad he did as Charlie won my heart, and last month we celebrated seventeen years of marriage.

That God can build something so wonderful between two imperfect people is truly amazing… and not only that, I’m sure He has a great sense of humour too… I still scratch my head and wonder how an unmathematical, extroverted, dyed-in-the-wool romantic like me ever ended up in an accounting lecture in the first place.  Only God could do it!

Thanks Penny, for sharing this story with us. I reviewed Penny’s novel Heidi’s October last week. You can read it here, along with more information about Penelope McCowan.
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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Thanks, Amanda!

    • You are welcome, Penny. 🙂


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